Michelle is a first-year ESRC-funded doctoral student in cross-school at the University of Glasgow, looking into the impact of deprivation, health barriers and choices on the (un)employment of those living with psychosis. Her previous work has looked into self-care during benefit sanctions in those living with schizophrenia and psychosis, caregiver recidivism after child maltreatment interventions, and mental health befrienders’ experience of burn-out and support systems. She has also completed two postgraduate Masters degrees, and an undergraduate degree: a MSc in Global Mental Health (2015), and an MRes in Research Methods (2017), both also at the University of Glasgow, and a B.A (Hons) in Psychology (2014) gained at the University of the West of Scotland. She has primary research interests in psychosis, traumatic brain injury, mixed-methods. She is also interested in the critique of the psycho-social-political effects of the mental health practices, and how they can shape our understanding of ourselves and our social situations. Also of interest is the exploration of the intersection of the mental health-poverty nexus, and the psy-disciplines and ideologies control over choice and treatment.
From a young age, Michelle has been involved in the Roma, carer, disability, and mental health/survivor movements in Scotland, and abroad, and has lived experiences of all of these. She has been active in her local community in addressing the impact of the evolving welfare system on those who hear voices, or deal with compulsions. Michelle has also worked in human rights, and mental health NGOs as far away as Ighisu-Nou, Romania, to more locally in Pollok in the Southside of Glasgow. She is also a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society, and active within Glasgow’s own Romano Lav, Vox Scotland, the Asylum collective, and Psychologists for Social Change. Outside of academia she is an avid listener of true crime podcasts, an amateur artist with paintings displayed across the city, and her recent writing can be found in The Psychologist, Marbles, and New Scientist.